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Is there anything wrong with the following phrase? "It cost less to reuse boxes than to buy new ones."
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Pam, a laboratory technologist, asks...
In the following sentence, which is correct, "is" or "are"? "None of the boxes "is/are" checked, except the yellow box."
Anne answers...
None really means 'not one' and takes a singular verb. Therefore, "none of the boxes is checked" is correct.
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